As I approach my third decade of listening to the recordings of Tuck & Patti, and given that I have been privileged to experience them live in concert upwards of 90-times in these years, I have methodically formed an opinion: they are a duo of individual maestros if their life’s calling and craft. And somehow they keep getting better.
The concert at Freight & Salvage yielded many surprises. My first time to visit the venue, I was very impressed to learn about its non-profit status and see the eclectic roster of international musicians that grace their stage. Patti highlighted the importance of the venues’ mission. This set a warm tenor in the at-capacity room of people that were clearly there to listen to and enjoy their music.
Tuck & Patti’s ability to improvise is legendary, though I didn’t expect to get a tasty preview of the songs they recorded for their forthcoming children’s CD. Patti announced after the reveal that it was the first public performance of some of the tracks. Produced by their niece Annie Clark (musician, composer, performer, designer, disc jockey and filmmaker known also as St. Vincent), the anticipated project will be available 2019. It is bound to become a carpool classic and late Sunday morning pancake-making soundtrack for families of all cultures and ages.
If that wasn’t enough, this duo managed to squeeze in a plethora of fan requests, and entertain the attention of the audience for a whopping two-hour concert!
If that wasn’t enough, they managed to share more of themselves with admirers for meet & greet after the gig, and before heading back to the studio where they promise to shift into producer, engineer and mixing mode, to bring other artist’s dreams to life.
And it that isn’t enough... well, I am left wanting more. I’m on track to reach that 100th concert. I predict saying then that I learned so much from every performance, that each set gave some element unique unto itself - for the room, the audience, for the moment in time that called for it and for the service to the music itself.
I highly recommend seeing Tuck & Patti where and when it’s convenient for you and if you’re fortunate to see them at Freight & Salvage, heed my advice: get your ticket immediately upon subscriber availability and arrive early. MANY people were in their general-seating seats an hour before the duo took the stage. These folks know! Now you do too. - Tuaca Kelly, TKMD Field Notes
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Tuaca Kelly chronicles experience in music and other human culture treasures.